Mr. Powers over at the South Dakota War College has a new post that challenges my devotion to keeping things civil here. In addition, he has used this post to suggest that a different post that has been a hot topic here and on other blogs around the state, was designed to "test" this blog's devotion to keeping things civil here.
If that is the truth, then it is among the most chickenshit things anyone has ever done to me. I've never done anything to Pat Powers. (Oh my, did I write chickenshit? I meant to write chickenshit.) Note here, folks: I am NOT calling Mr. Powers "that word." I'm saying something he claims to have done was a chickenshit thing to do. Noun vs. adjective. I profoundly apologize to everyone here for the course language. I'm simply unaware of another adjective that adequately describes Mr. Powers' act. Gentle readers, if you know of such an adjective, please share it.
Mr. Powers posted a post that he himself called "incendiary." He claims he did it to prove that there was no decorum on this blog. Huh? Why would he do such a thing to me? What did I ever do to him? He says he was just having a little fun. Well, I haven't had so much fun, since I went to the all-night dentist. Thanks Pat! You really showed me! It sure does seem like a lot of effort to go through just to try to humiliate me.
He says there really wasn't a point in doing it (aside from how fun it was for him) and that he removed all his nasty remarks from my blog (and from his) after his "test" was concluded and he proved that people who visit this blog can be provoked into behaving as he does. He also did so after several people mentioned the "L" word: Libel.
There is speculation out there that Mr. Powers' explanation of the mess he made of reporting on Bob Newland's sentencing yesterday, is a relatively transparent attempt to make an excuse for the potential libel he may or may not have committed.
I have a friend who says the definition of "excuse" is: a thin wisp of a reason, wrapped in a lie.
Me? I suspect it's bullshit.
Sorry folks, sometimes things call for editing the ampersands and asteriks.